Media release

Work on the new Semmering Base Tunnel resuming on 1 July 2014

Time used to optimise on-site preparations for the construction work

Dietlikon 1 July 2014 – At the beginning of 2014, the consortium consisting of Implenia and the Austrian company Swjetelsky secured the order worth around EUR 623 million (about CHF 770 million; Implenia's share: CHF 385 million) for a contract section of the new 27.3-kilometre Semmering Base Tunnel (SBTn). The SBTn, which will connect Lower Austria with Steiermark from 2024, is currently one of the most important large-scale infrastructure projects in Central Europe and part of Austria's new southern rail route. Early in 2014, Austria’s Administrative Court allowed objections relating to the approval process, delaying the start of the project by an estimated six months. The consortium has now been notified by the project contractor that operations can resume on 1 July 2014. The consortium made good use of the delay, tackling essential work on site and making optimum preparations for the construction operations.

Media contact at Implenia:

Philipp Bircher

Head of Communications

Phone: +41 58 474 74 77


Implenia is Switzerland's leading construction and construction services company. Formed in 2006 from the merger between Zschokke and Batigroup, Implenia can look back on around 150 years of history in the construction industry. The company brings the expertise of its highly skilled Modernisation & Development, Buildings and Tunnelling & Civil Engineering Sectors, and its Switzerland and Norway Regions under the single roof of a nationally and internationally active company. With its integrated business model and specialists operating in all its divisions, Implenia can manage a building project through its entire lifecycle and deliver work that is economical, integrated and customer-centric. The focus is on striking a sustainable balance between financial success and social and environmental responsibility.

Implenia, with its headquarters in Dietlikon near Zurich, employs more than 6600 people and posted turnover of around CHF 3.1 billion in 2013. The company is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (IMPN, CH0023868554). More information can be found at www.implenia.com.